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You can teach an old goat new tricks.

Peanut butter and chocolate. Beer and pretzels. Ice and cream. Some things are too good to mess with, and you can add the Volkl Gotama Ski to the list. It's a big-mountain ski dressed up like a do-it-all charger, and it might well be the only thing you'll need to have in your quiver this winter.

At 107mm underfoot, the "Goat" is plenty wide for all but the deepest pow days, and it has the ELP (Extended Low Profile) rocker to prove it. The rocker profile is designed to compliment the ski's flex and sidecut, so it's incredibly easy to get full edge contact when you roll your ski up and try to lock into a turn. This makes the Gotama a serious performer on the hardpack, even though its dimensions would suggest it's more at home in the soft stuff. Of course, it still floats like a butterfly when you're in a pow-gobbling mood.

You can drive it hard no matter where you're riding, though, courtesy of a Power/Tough Box construction that uses stiff ash underfoot and lively poplar in the tip and tail, with a fiberglass and composite sheath around the ash for plenty of stiffness and power where you need it. This helps to prevent binding pull-outs, too, so you don't have to worry about hammering a turn and looking down to find that your ski isn't attached to your binding anymore. You won't find a tougher, more exciting do-it-all big-mountain ski around.

  • Extended Low Profile (ELP) full rocker profile
  • Multi-layer wood core (poplar tip and tail, ash underfoot)
  • Power/Tough Box fiberglass and composite wrap
  • Vertical sidewalls

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Deciding on size. I'm 6'0" 175lbs. I ski the B/L Cottonwood here in Utah. I'm aggressive and can handle blacks just fine but still learning how to charge hard. Should I go 178 or 186?

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Wooooo LCC/BCC! I'd go with the 186! On hard pack, they will ski a bit short because that full rocker shortens your effective edge. And that extra surface area will keep you afloat in deeper snow! Plus that will give you more stability when you are charging. I think you would just out-ski the 178. This ski is AWESOME! Send it!

Hi, is this Gotama better all-mountain (pow preference) that Rossignol Soul 7 ?
Because i want light, forgiving and playful all-mountain ski - especialy for pow and I've been thinking of a bunch of skis and Gotama and Soul 7 is the best I think . Winter is coming so please help me with decision.

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Gotoma has been a proven winner for many years and see them all over the place which always says something. Rossignol Soul 7 was the hot ski last year and is on the track to repeat that again this year.

Gotoma will be a stronger overall ski and has the ability and construction to charge and play harder all over the entire mountain. Where as the Soul is the true super light, forgiving, and more playful ski.

With your exact comments from above I think it would be hard for anybody not to recommend the Soul 7 for you. The Soul has its speed limits and crud busting ability is not on par with the Gotoma so only you know what conditions you like to ski and how aggressive you approach your day on the mountains.

Good luck and keep us posted.

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I own a pair of Gotamas (purchased 4 years ago) and have skied the Soul 7s two times this year. The Goats are for very strong hard charging skiers that thrive on aggressiveness. I would not describe them as playful at all; the sidecut is not pronounced, so they want to go straight down the mountain. The Soul 7s, are the opposite--they are light and feathery and want to be 'surfed'. Even if you're a little back seat, these skis won't punish you like the Goats.

I'd agree with the previous poster, the Goats will bust through any crud and go faster than the Souls. But for softer snow, the Souls are just way more fun.

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Where are these skis made? My old gotes are made in China, have they started making them in Germany?